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United States Half Dollar Coins

Half dollars are one of the longest running and most consistently minted coins in the United States, losing out to only the half dime for age, and only the penny for consistency. In recent years, demand for half dollars has fallen off significantly. This is mostly due to the historical popularity of the coin in casinos and other gambling arenas, which now operate largely without coins. The last circulation issue half dollar was minted in 2001 with more recent dates created for collector interest. Despite this, the coin is not discontinued. Large reserve supplies exist, and once these supplies run low, the half dollar will once again be struck for circulation.

Over its lifespan, the half dollar has had eight different designs. The flowing hair design was the shortest lived of these and was only issued in 1794 and 1795. In 2016, the currently-running Kennedy series tied the seated Liberty series for longest-running half dollar. The Kennedy half dollar replaced the short-lived Benjamin Franklin half dollar after just 15 years, largely due to the popularity of President Kennedy and the nation's reaction to his assassination.

The half dollar denomination's history includes one of the rarest and most interesting stories in American coinage: the 1838-O capped bust half dollar. The Philadelphia Mint created dies to ship to the newly established New Orleans Mint and created 10 sample coins to prove that the dies worked. By the time the dies reached New Orleans, however, they were on the verge of failing due to rust. The New Orleans Mint could only produce 10 half dollars before the dies completely failed. Eight of the Philadelphia samples have survived to the present day, but only one New Orleans-minted 1838-O half dollar exists today.


Quick Facts

  • While dimes and quarters lost all of their silver content in 1965, half dollars retained a 40 percent silver composition until 1970 when they moved to a copper-nickel sandwich-style composition
  • The current record for a half dollar sold at auction is held by a 1797 coin that sold for just over $1.5 million in 2015
  • The half dollar is one of the most popular coins in the world for stage magicians who perform sleight-of-hand tricks due to the specifics of its size and weight

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR COLLECTION
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR COLLECTION
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$27515 Bids
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LOT OF 4 ASSORTED CAPPED BUST SILVER HALF DOLLARS
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
LOT OF 4 ASSORTED CAPPED BUST SILVER HALF DOLLARS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$28014 Bids
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1807 DRAPED BUST SILVER HALF DOLLAR
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
1807 DRAPED BUST SILVER HALF DOLLAR
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$14014 Bids
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LOT OF 20 1964 SILVER KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
LOT OF 20 1964 SILVER KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$22013 Bids
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LOT OF 5 ASSORTED CAPPED BUST SILVER HALF DOLLARS
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
LOT OF 5 ASSORTED CAPPED BUST SILVER HALF DOLLARS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$26010 Bids
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LOT OF 19 ASSORTED BARBER SILVER HALF DOLLARS
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
LOT OF 19 ASSORTED BARBER SILVER HALF DOLLARS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$26010 Bids
22 FRANKLIN HALF DOLLARS
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
22 FRANKLIN HALF DOLLARS
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$17510 Bids
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LOT OF 20 1964 KENNEDY SILVER HALF DOLLARS
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
LOT OF 20 1964 KENNEDY SILVER HALF DOLLARS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1809 Bids
(10) 1957 & 1959 Benjamin Franklin Silver Half
Jun 14, 12:00 PM MST
(10) 1957 & 1959 Benjamin Franklin Silver Half
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1009 Bids
11pc Franklin Half Dollars BU
Jun 16, 9:00 AM MST
11pc Franklin Half Dollars BU
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$1009 Bids
Collection of Eight Barber Silver Half Dollars 1899-1912
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
Collection of Eight Barber Silver Half Dollars 1899-1912
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$1008 Bids
1925 Stone Mountain Silver Half Dollar
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
1925 Stone Mountain Silver Half Dollar
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$608 Bids
(20) 90% SILVER KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS
Jun 13, 11:00 AM EDT
(20) 90% SILVER KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $300- $350
$1808 Bids
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LOT OF 12 ASSORTED BARBER SILVER HALF DOLLARS
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
LOT OF 12 ASSORTED BARBER SILVER HALF DOLLARS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1007 Bids
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LOT OF 21 ASSORTED FRANKLIN SILVER HALF DOLLARS
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
LOT OF 21 ASSORTED FRANKLIN SILVER HALF DOLLARS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1607 Bids
1892 and 1893 Columbian Exposition Chicago Half Dollar Coins
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
1892 and 1893 Columbian Exposition Chicago Half Dollar Coins
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$707 Bids
1946 and 1951 Booker T. Washington Half Dollar Coins
Jun 23, 6:00 PM EDT
1946 and 1951 Booker T. Washington Half Dollar Coins
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$607 Bids
10-Piece Franklin Half Dollar Collection BU/AU
Jun 16, 9:00 AM MST
10-Piece Franklin Half Dollar Collection BU/AU
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$907 Bids
1909-O Barber Half Dollar
Jun 13, 6:00 PM EDT
1909-O Barber Half Dollar
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$257 Bids
23 FRANKLIN HALF DOLLARS
Jun 15, 10:00 AM EDT
23 FRANKLIN HALF DOLLARS
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$1507 Bids
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LOT OF 500 ASSORTED KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
LOT OF 500 ASSORTED KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$2207 Bids
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LOT OF 6 ASSORTED SEATED LIBERTY SILVER HALF DOLLARS & 20 CENT PIECE
Jun 23, 9:00 AM MST
LOT OF 6 ASSORTED SEATED LIBERTY SILVER HALF DOLLARS & 20 CENT PIECE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1006 Bids
1913 Barber Silver Half Dollar Key Date
Jun 13, 6:00 PM EDT
1913 Barber Silver Half Dollar Key Date
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$196 Bids
(19) Original 1965-1969 Kennedy 40% Silver Half Dollars
Jun 13, 6:00 PM EDT
(19) Original 1965-1969 Kennedy 40% Silver Half Dollars
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$556 Bids

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